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Valley Gem New Year’s Eve cruise features international menu

The Valley Gem Sternwheeler goes on a cruise in this 2011 photo. (File Photo)

MARIETTA — The Valley Gem Sternwheeler, the riverboat from Marietta, is going to have a special cruise on New Year’s Eve featuring countries that New Year’s Day falls on first.

Capt. Heather Sands, one of the pilots of the boat as well as the executive director of operations for the organization, said the New Year’s Around the World cruise will be family friendly, open to the public of all ages.

Sands said the event is “Maybe just an opportunity to experience food from other countries, that was the idea of the trip.”

They will be having food and music from the countries where New Year’s Day arrives first, from Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Iceland and Canada.

There will be a menu from those countries, with dinner being served first, then appetizers and dessert.

Dinner will consist of:

* Portuguese Chickpea Salad

* Brazilian Cheese Bread

* Peri Peri Chicken (Portugal)

* Brazilian Steak

* Brazilian Roasted Vegetable Feijoada

* Portuguese Rice and Tomatoes

* Paprika Roasted Potatoes (Portugal)

Appetizers will be:

* Chimichurri Meatballs (Argentina)

* Rice Balls (Argentina)

And dessert will feature:

* Nanaimo Bars (Canada)

* Cardamom Hasselback Apples with Skyr (Iceland)

There will also be live music with musicians mixing in music from the countries tied into the trip, and regular music.

A champagne toast will take place at midnight.

The New Year’s Around the World cruise runs from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Admission to the trip is $50 for all ages.

Another cruise going on during the afternoon is called Noon Year’s Eve.

It will consist of the Gem’s regular luncheon, as well as music playing in the background, but not live.

The cruise is from noon to 2 p.m.

Admission for adults is $34, $32 for seniors 55-years of age and up, $24 for kids 3-12-years of age and infants will be admitted free.

The cruises start at their facility on 601 Front Street underneath the bridge in Marietta.

The cruises will go up the Muskingum River onto the Ohio River, and circle Blennerhassett Island and return to their facility.

Larry Launstein Jr. can be reached at llaunstein@newsandsentinel.com.

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